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Techniques and Challenges for Growing Vegetables Year-Round in Small Spaces

November 10, 2015 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Techniques and Challenges for Growing Vegetables Year-Round in Small Places


Featured: Sandy Farber Bandier, UDC Master Gardener Coordinator and Wendy Kiang-Spray, Freelance Writer

Sandy’s presentation focused on growing food on the new green roof at the University of the District of Columbia. She emphasized for growing successful edible crops on roofs it is critical to:

  • Use good soil
  • Install drip irrigation and when needed use supplemental watering
  • Select the right types and varieties of plants to match the roof top conditions of hot sun and stronger winds
  • Ensure the availability of pollinators

She also communicated the important role that Master Gardeners played in raising and harvesting the first year’s crops of a dozen different vegetables which included: spicy bush basil, cucumbers, Swiss chard, Cherokee Purple tomatoes Vanguard sweet peppers, and purple podded okra.


Wendy’s presentation focused on growing vegetables year-round in small spaces. She started by pointing out that:

  • Small spaces often are not ideal for growing edibles but with minimal effort can be very productive if the right crops are grown
  • Few tools were needed for this type of gardening

She provided information on a wide array of containers from raised beds to pots, identified locations from front yards to window boxes, and showed multiple planting strategies from mixing flowers and vegetables to succession plantings. She also covered soil and watering requirements, how to extend the growing season, and wrapped up with a list of great winter vegetables to try. For more information about Wendy’s presentation, and to download her presentation deck (with photos), please click here.


The Club extends thanks both Sandy and Wendy for their thorough and interesting presentations.


Presentation Decks


Gardening in Small Spaces.pdf


Techniques and Challenges for Growing Vegetables on a.pdf



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